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OPINION: Liberals turn teaching into mission beyond impossible

OPINION: Liberals turn teaching into mission beyond impossible

Instead of trying to find solutions to help teachers better meet the needs of their students, the government has decided to make a teacher’s job even harder. And it plans to measure just how poorly teachers will try to do the impossible, while Nova Scotia’s education system continues to limp along.
OPINION: Why can't we just trust teachers to do their jobs?

OPINION: Why can't we just trust teachers to do their jobs?

According to the fairy tale, the princess was so sensitive that she could feel a pea under her mattress. If you want to hide a pea, you need to bury it under 20 mattresses, not just one — and that's how teachers feel about the assessment results. The results we receive have virtually no instructional value.
OPINION: Needed — 9 Liberals who'll stand with teachers against draconian bill

OPINION: Needed — 9 Liberals who'll stand with teachers against draconian bill

The Nova Scotia education system is in crisis. My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly to keep it running, but we are exhausted and Premier McNeil's legislation might just be what breaks us ... Two months of work-to-rule have not harmed students and teachers as much as 20 years of government neglect.
OPINION: What Stephen McNeil is really thinking when he's sticking it to teachers

OPINION: What Stephen McNeil is really thinking when he's sticking it to teachers

'We think that spending $169.50 per student over two years shows just how committed we are to making schools great again. I mean, $169.50 could pay one lunch monitor to supervise students for 16 days. It might even buy two new textbooks. But I digress. It’s a huge investment, massive even. Students and teachers should be thrilled we gave them anything.'
OPINION: For teachers, collective bargaining plays corrective role in marketplace

OPINION: For teachers, collective bargaining plays corrective role in marketplace

The market for teachers is anything but competitive. Rather, it is a classic example of a monopsony — a labour market with a single employer (in this case, the province). Facing no competition, monopsonies can drive their employees’ wages considerably below their productive value. What protects workers from this? Collective bargaining.
OPINION: Teachers' act of civil disobedience should inspire us all

OPINION: Teachers' act of civil disobedience should inspire us all

In one of the boldest acts of civil disobedience in the province’s history, Nova Scotia’s teachers, a most unlikely group, voted last week for the third time to reject the government’s public-sector bargaining agenda.
COMMENTARY: Fast-food empires scramble to capitalize on all-day breakfast surge

COMMENTARY: Fast-food empires scramble to capitalize on all-day breakfast surge

The blurring of time divisions between meals is becoming more obvious as millennials start to gain a hold in the marketplace. Most boomers still prefer to eat breakfast at home. Millennials, on the other hand, eat on the go. The ever-complicated morning rush is disrupting market rules and forcing the food industry to revise its approach to serving breakfast.
OPINION: Since when are libraries no longer considered pillars of literacy?

OPINION: Since when are libraries no longer considered pillars of literacy?

Public libraries, especially those in rural areas, are completely invisible to government. Government does not understand libraries, it does not appreciate the services libraries provide and it cannot grasp what libraries offer.
OPINION: How Stephen McNeil can still salvage the situation in our schools

OPINION: How Stephen McNeil can still salvage the situation in our schools

Teachers are not the enemy, Premier McNeil. NSTU members are tired of the turmoil created by the 18-month struggle between teachers and the government. We should be a united force — two groups that are dedicated to improving the future for all Nova Scotians. Our partnership would show students that we are committed to improving education together, in a mutually respectful manner.
OPINION: Schools are not factories and kids are not cogs in the education wheel

OPINION: Schools are not factories and kids are not cogs in the education wheel

Teachers are, in their souls, helpers, encouragers, growers and carers. The best of them employ these attributes in spite of the system ... Increasingly, they are being forced into being processors and measurers, pressured to increase data production and show higher test scores. That’s what teachers mean when they say 'Just let me teach!' and that’s what the rejected contracts and job action are really about.